The 2022 Australian minimum wage increase

From 1 July 2022, the national minimum wage has increased by 5.2%

01 Jul 2022

The national minimum wage increase

The Australian Government’s Fair Work Commission has announced an increase in the national minimum wage which amounts to an increase of $40 per week for wage earners.

Since 2021, the minimum wage in Australia has been $20.33 per hour. However, the minimum wage has now increased to $21.38 per hour, following the Fair Work Commission (FWC) Annual Wage Review 2021-22.

Award minimum wage increase

Employers and employees in Australia must comply with ‘awards’. Awards are legal documents that outline the minimum pay rates and conditions of employment across more than 100 industries and occupations.

Award rates outline how much pay a worker in a particular industry will receive.

While the award rates in almost all industries have now increased, the following sectors will not see award rate increases until 1 October 2022:

  • Aviation
  • Tourism
  • Hospitality

If you’re not sure which award applies to you, use Find my award.

All other industries with modern award rates must implement the change from 1 July 2022.

Working hours for student visa holders

The Australian Government has temporarily removed restrictions on student visa holder working hours. This means there is currently no restriction on the number of hours that students can work while studying in Australia. This is a temporary measure for ongoing students as well as new student arrivals who will be able to start working before the start of their course.

The temporary removal of restrictions on working hours does not change the requirement that international students must still meet satisfactory course progress requirements, and balance work and study commitments.

International students are protected by Australia's workplace laws. Please visit the Study Australia Employability Hub for student and graduate work information.